STUDY IN LATVIA

UNDER GRADUATE DEGREES

Latvia has two sorts of higher education programmes – academic and professional. Such a division of higher education allows the student to choose either research or professional activity in the future. Professional higher education is divided into two levels. First level professional higher education programmes lasting 2-3 years after upper secondary education are provided by Colleges. Second level professional higher education programmes last at least four years after upper secondary education or two years after acquiring Bachelor's degree (3-year studies). These programmes, as well as higher academic education programmes are offered at universities or non-university-type higher education institutions.

Academic programmes leading to a bachelor's degree comprise 120 - 160 national credit points (160-180 ECTS), including:
  • Compulsory subjects - not less than 50 national credit points (75 ECTS);
  • Electives not less than 20 national credit points (30 ECTS);
  • Thesis not less than 10 national credit points (15 ECTS);
  • The remainder is left for students as free electives.

The duration of full-time studies is 6 - 8 semesters (3-4 years).
The duration of full-time studies is 4 semesters (2 years) and requires at least 5 years total length of bachelor and master studies in Latvia. The objectives of academic higher education are to prepare graduates for independent research, as well as to provide theoretical background for professional activities. Academic education programmes are implemented according to the national standard of academic education.

Professional programmes leading to a professional bachelor's degree comprise at least 160 national credit points (240 ECTS) of which:
  • General courses – not less than 20 national credit points (30 ECTS).
  • Theoretical courses of the chosen field – not less than 36 national credit points (54 ECTS).
  • Specialized courses – not less than 60 national credit points (90 ECTS).
  • optional courses – not less 6 national credit points (9 ECTS),
  • Practical placement – not less than 26 national credit points (39 ECTS).
  • And state examinations including thesis – not less than 12 national credit points (18 ECTS).

The duration of full-time studies is 8 semesters (4 years).

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